Activity 4: Rhymes and Songs

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Words are made up of sounds. When children become aware of the separate sounds in words and syllables, they are on their way to becoming readers and writers. Reciting and playing with nursery rhymes, finger plays, and songs gives children opportunities to develop this skill.

Words & Language: Activity 4

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Words are made up of sounds. When children become aware of the separate sounds in words and syllables, they are on their way to becoming readers and writers. Reciting and playing with nursery rhymes, finger plays, and songs gives children opportunities to develop this skill which is called phonological awareness.

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There is a direct relationship between the number of rhymes a child knows when entering kindergarten and success as a reader. In kindergarten, children will identify and create lists of rhyming words.

Activity: Rhymes and Songs

singingHickory, Dickory, Dock
Hickory, Dickory, Dock,
The mouse ran up the clock.
The clock struck one,
The mouse ran down.
Hickory, Dickory, Dock.

Jack be Nimble, Jack be Quick
Jack be nimble,
Jack be quick,
Jack jump over
The candlestick.

Jack and Jill Went Up the Hill
Jack and Jill went up the hill,
To fetch a pail of water.
Jack fell down,
And broke his crown,
And Jill came tumbling after.

One, Two Buckle My Shoe
One, two buckle my shoe.
Three, four shut the door.
Five, six pick up sticks.
Seven, eight lay them straight.
Nine, ten a big fat hen.

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